A portrait of Afghanistan through the eyes of one brave girl, Zulaikha. She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven from Afghanistan; a good relationship with her difficult stepmother; and one day even to go to school, or to have her cleft palate fixed. In the meantime, with the support of her father and sister, Zulaikha knows all will be provided for her — “Inshallah,” God willing. Then she meets Meena, who offers to teach her Afghan poetry, and the Americans come to their village, promising not just new opportunities and dangers, but surgery to fix her face. These changes could mean a whole new life for Zulaikha.
Inspired by a girl whom the author met in Afghanistan, this is not only a fascinating portrait of life in a country we hear about, yet rarely see from inside.